“Fate rarely calls upon us at a time of your choosing.”

From: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Genre: Cartoons, Movies

Who said it?: Optimus Prime

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 2009 movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Based on the cartoon series of the same name, the movie has the Autobots trying to protect the planet Earth against the evil forces of the Decepticons. However, there is a new threat, known as the Fallen who is now the main antagonist here.

The quote comes early in the movie. Sam Witwitcky (played by Shia LaBeouf), now a college student, goes to Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen). Sam is upset as it seems he cannot have a normal life since the events of the previous movie. Optimus Prime understands Sam’s predicament but he asks for the human’s help to remind the humans of their alliance. Sam doesn’t want anything to do with this intergalactic war and starts to walk away. This is when Optimus Prime delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: The time to step up will come when it’s usually inconvenient. Yet we always must be ready to take up the call and do the right thing when the time comes.

“Autobots! Transform and roll out!”

From: The Transformers

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: Optimus Prime (most of the time)

The story behind the quote: Most people nowadays have, at the least, a passing familiarity of the Transformers series. The cartoon has gone through various revisions and reiterations. But there are two things that have always remained fairly constant: The Autobots are led by the heroic Optimus Prime and Optimus Prime usually delivers the quote as a sort of battlecry before heading towards battle.

It doesn’t matter if the show has them transforming into vehicles, animals or other creatures/things, Optimus Prime will give this order when it’s time for the Autobots to charge into the battle to take on the evil Decepticons led by Megatron.

Geek wisdom: Change is always scary. Whether it’s trying something new or even getting feedback that you need to adjust something about yourself, the idea of change can be hard to swallow. However, sometimes, in order to move on, you have to be willing to transform yourself.

Change is not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just something you’re not used to. You never know if it’s good or bad until you at least try it out.

“More than meets the eye!”

From: The Transformers

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: No one really… it’s part of the intro song

The story behind the quote: The Transformers is one of the most beloved cartoons of the 80’s. You probably know the story: Optimus Prime and the Autobots fight to save the Earth from the evil Decepticons led by Megatron. What made the characters incredibly memorable was the fact that they could (as the name suggests) transform into other things. Optimus Prime would transform into a gigantic trailer truck while Megatron would change into a gun. This led to a fantastic toyline. Never mind that people would complain that the cartoon was just a big commercial for the toys. It didn’t matter; the show was fantastic as well.

The quote actually comes from the theme song of each of the seasons of the regular (so-called) Generation 1 continuity (none of the Michael Bay movies or even the later cartoons). The title song lays it out: there is more than meets the eye for the series.

Geek wisdom: There is more to people than what we just see on the outside. Each and every one has different facets and you will not be able to determine them with just a simple look. You would have to go deeper than that.

We can shun people just because, from our initial impressions, we judge them instantly without really getting to know them. But everyone has something to offer so it’s best to really try to understand other people before we judge them. You never really know if your first impression should be your last impression of a person.